“Too many words were happening” and sensory sensitivitiesPosted: May 22, 2018
This is a post from my personal blog, but I’m also posting it here for the teachers who read English with Kirsty, and who may have students with sensory sensitivities in their classroom. I’m not an expert on the subject, but I share my own experiences.
For many years, the people around me, and even I to some extent, put some of my quirky behaviour or reactions down to my blindness, or just my being a bit unusual. It was only when I started doing some research because I was working with a learner with autism that I began to discover things like sensory sensitivity, which I never knew were a thing, and really relate to them.
The thing was, I started reading articles to be a better teacher, but I think one of the reasons I seemed to have more success communicating with this particular learner than some of the others around me was that some of the things I was reading made sense on a level that was deeper than just understanding the text. I got it!
That didn’t mean I related to everything – I didn’t have the learner’s difficulties with social interactions…
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